Two Teenagers Charged With Overnight Vandalism In Somerset

Two teenagers are in jail after police say they caused several thousand dollars in damage in an Eastern Kentucky community. It all happened Tuesday night in Somerset. When police say they got a call about loud noises. Police say when they arrived, it was what they saw that surprised them.

It started on Bourne Avenue with a broken window at the health department and overturned garbage cans. Then police say Joseph Mosley and David Stout took a hammer to these 40 thousand dollar tractors. It was 4 a.m. and Tracy Glover was sound asleep, but not for long.

"Yeah it was a real loud banging. I thought it was glass breaking at first, when I first heard it. I didn't think no windows or nothing," said Glover.

He called 911.

Officers arrived within minutes. One officer found the two on Sagasser Street and police say one suspect still had the hammer with him. Police at the scene of the crime found extensive damage.

"Obviously they need to be punished. They need to be penalized. They just need to get their life straightened out," said Tim Bishop with Somerset Farm Equipment.

Somerset's police chief credits the watchful eyes and ears of neighbors and the quick response from officers in catching the pair before the victims even knew they were victims.

Stout and Mosley are back in jail, a place where Mosley had just been released from Tuesday night.

"Less than 12 hours later he's back in there," said Detective Shannon Smith with the Somerset Police.

Both are charged with criminal mischief, theft, and burglary.

Workers at Somerset Farm Equipment estimate their damages to be between six and seven thousand dollars.

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